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Sunday College Hoops | Wisconsin @ Purdue

By Don Phillips

Wisconsin Badgers (20-10, 12-5 B1G) at Purdue Boilermakers (23-7, 11-6 B1G)

7:30 PM ET, Sunday, March 6, 2016

Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue defeated Wisconsin, 61-55, in the first Big Ten game of the season on December 29th at the Kohl Center. Purdue and the Badgers were tied at 24 at halftime, but A.J. Hammons had 17 points and six rebounds in the second half to lead the Boilermakers to the victory.

Hammons finished with 24 points and seven rebounds and Purdue overcame 16 turnovers to win the game. Purdue shot 44.0 percent from the field and held Wisconsin to 38.6 percent shooting. It was Purdue’s fourth win in the Kohl Center, the most in facility history for a visiting team (Marquette – 4).

Since the start of last year, Purdue is 37-1 when attempting more free throws than its opponent (19-1 this year). The lone loss came on Feb. 20 against Indiana (loss, 77-73). Purdue is 21-0 this year when attempting at least 17 free throws.

Purdue is 11-1 this year when shooting 48 percent or better from the field (loss to Indiana). Purdue is 94-12 under Painter when that happens. Purdue is 19-3 this year when outshooting its opponent from the field and 194-32 under Painter when outshooting its foes.

When Purdue makes 10 or more 3-pointers this year, they are 7-0. Under Painter, the Boilermakers are 35-8 when having 10 or more 3-pointers. They are 5-2 this year when being outscored in the paint. Last year’s team went 0-4. In games played on weekends, Purdue is just 8-7. In games played on weekdays, the Boilermakers are 15-0.

Purdue is 13-0 when winning or tied in the “points off turnovers” battle; the Boilermakers are 10-8 when losing the “points off turnovers” battle. Purdue is 15-2 when having a run of 10 points or longer (losses to Iowa, Maryland). They are 8-5 when not having a 10-point run.

Purdue is 7-1 when the sophomore class combines for at least 40 points (loss to Indiana), 16-6 when it does not as well as going 19-1 when the senior class combines for at least 21 points.

Purdue has used six different starting lineups this year and no group has started more than eight games together. The projected starting lineup against Wisconsin has 405 combined games of experience and 290 previous starts. Vince Edwards has started 59-of-63 career games at Purdue, owning a 42-17 career record in games that he starts. Edwards has Purdue’s longest active current streak of starts at 34 games.

Caleb Swanigan has started all 29 games that he has played in. The school record for starts by a freshman is Russell Cross with 32 in 1981. His next start will tie him for fourth on the Purdue freshman games started list (Russell Cross – 32, Robbie Hummel, E’Twaun Moore – 31; Lewis Jackson, Brian Cardinal – 30). A.J. Hammons needs to appear in three games and Rapheal Davis needs four more appearances to become the 12th and 13th players in Purdue history to appear in 130 games.

Purdue ranks ninth nationally in assists per game (17.4) despite not having a player in the Big Ten’s top 15 in assists per game. Vince Edwards leads the team in assists (2.9). The Boilermakers rank in the top 10 nationally thanks to six players averaging between 1.9 and 2.9 assists per game and three more averaging 1.0 assists per game.

The Boilermakers’ assist average of 17.4 per game would rank as the seventh-best average in school history and the best since the 1997-98 team averaged 18.9 assists per game. Purdue’s current assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.42 (522:368) ranks as the fifth-best ratio in school history (1.58; 1985) and is 35th nationally. In addition, Purdue ranks 11th nationally in assist rate (A / FGM) at 63.6 percent.

Selection: Purdue